Monday, July 25, 2016

july 26-31 | salt-water moon | plan z theatre company

Past PT apprentice and co-founder of Plan Z Theatre Company, Eleanor Felton (director of A GOOD MOTHER) is teaming up with artist Julie Casselman (Susie in WIT) to bring you SALT-WATER MOON, July 26-31.
Newfoundland: 1926. Charming Jacob Mercer has set out to win back his sweetheart. Stubborn and determined, Mary is not about to be won over all that easily. Filled with romance, wit, and original music, this Canadian classic is not to be missed.

Direction: Eleanor Felton
Starring: Julie Casselman and Darcy Stobbe
Stage Management: Candy Wang
Production Design: Phil Miguel
Fiddle: Molly MacKinnon
Original Music and Arrangements: Julie Casselman

July 26-31 @ 8:00
1440 W 12th Avenue
Pacific Theatre

Tickets range from $10-20 and are available at planztheatre.brownpapertickets.com
planztheatre.wix.com/planztheatre

Note: Tickets are not available through Pacific Theatre's box office.**

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

july 8-16 | any night | about the show

ANY NIGHT is back for it's final week on the PT stage. Here's the 411 on all things you need to know about the show. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Think-It's-Worth after the fact! 


Vancouver, BC – When Anna moves in to the basement suite below Patrick, an unlikely romance ensues. But as she suffers increasingly strange behaviour in her sleep, it sends them both down a dizzying spiral of mistrust and fear. Now, caught together in a shared nightmare, this clashing pair must untangle their demons, sort reality from dream, and learn how to trust – or one of them may never wake up.


Any Night is inspired by the true story of Ken Parks- the first person to get away with murder because of sleepwalking, as well as a recent case of a family man in Alberta who was caught filming his tenant, a young female student. This award-winning play is written by Vancouver playwrights Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn. “I love that Any Night is getting produced again here in Vancouver!” says Arnold (co-artistic director of Alley Theatre) “this will be a real treat to see how others interpret and re-imagine Any Night! Very excited (and I can tell we're in good hands).”


This project brings together some of Vancouver’s most exciting emerging talent, including Pedro Chamale (rice & beans theatre) on set design, as well as CJ McGillivray (who recently worked on the Jessie nominated “Dot & Ziggy,” and is the composer for “On my Walk” with Carousel Theatre) designing sound, as well as new media design by Matt Horrigan.


“What first drew me to this script was the recognition of my story within it,” says actor and producer Jess Amy Shead. “It is thrilling to get to a work on a piece that expresses the subtleties of modern intimacy I've experienced in such a fascinating and challenging way.” “It’s a great challenge to work in the genre of thriller,” says director/producer Julia Siedlanowska. “The playwrights lead us to examine our own biases through Patrick and Anna’s troubled relationship, and it’s given me a fantastic opportunity to examine my own politics as an artist.”

ANY NIGHT July 8-16 @ 8:00

Artistic Team:
Directed by Julia Siedlanowska
Featuring Jess Amy Shead and Riaan Smit
Set Design by Pedro Chamale
Sound Design by CJ McGillivray.
Lighting Design by Ada-Jane Wolf and Nicole Weismiller
Costume Design by Heather Schmit
New Media by Matthew Horrigan
Assistant Set Design by Shelby Wyminga, Jocelyn Kim, Vanka Salim
Stage Management by Miranda Sandberg

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Contains strong language, violence, and sexual content. Trigger warning for assault.




kat gauthier | a doll's house | soulpepper

Look what Kat Gauthier is up to! She was Sky in You Still Can't, Goldie Hawn in Godspell (huh? Goldie Hawn was in Godspell?), Abby in 100 Saints You Should Know... And now she's Norah in A Doll's House, at Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre (opening July 18). How's that for the role of a lifetime!

Friday, July 08, 2016

july 8-16 | any night

ANY NIGHT opens tonight @ 8pm! We are so excited to see Jess Amy Shead and Julia Siedlanowska in their final apprentice project. Congratulations on opening, ladies!



When Anna moves in to the basement suite below Patrick, an unlikely romance ensues. But as she suffers increasingly strange behaviour in her sleep, it sends them both down a dizzying spiral of mistrust and fear. Now, caught together in a shared nightmare, these clashing lovers must untangle their demons, sort reality from dream, and learn how to trust – or one of them may never wake up.

July 8-16 at 8pm
Tickets: pay-what-you-think-it's-worth after the show (cash only)

** Subscribers you get free tickets to our apprentice shows! Email tickets@pacifictheatre.org to reserve your free tickets today.

Featuring Jess Amy Shead and Riaan Smit
Director • Julia Siedlanowska
Set Designer • Pedro Chamale
Sound Designer • C.J. McGillivray
Costume Designer • Heather Schmit
Lighting Designers • Ada-Jane Wolf and Nicole Weismiller
New Media Designer • Matt Horrigan
Assistant Set Designers • Vanka Salim, Jocelyn Kim and Shelby Wyminga
Stage Manager • Miranda Sandberg
AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Contains strong language, violence, and sexual content. Trigger warning for assault.


Tuesday, July 05, 2016

featured apprentice | Jess Amy Shead

Apprentice Jess Amy Shead finished her last box office shift here at PT and is eagerly preparing for her final apprentice project, ANY NIGHT opening this Wednesday, July 8th. Here's what Jess had to say about the apprenticeship and her plans for the summer.


What was your favourite part of the apprenticeship?
My favourite part of the Apprenticeship was having the space to build more creativity into my every day life. I had somewhere to go every day to do what I loved. I have worked on about 8 Artistic projects over the past 10 months! It is amazing to think of how much of my life I have been able to infuse with creativity, and how I will be able to carry that forward beyond this Apprenticeship.

In what ways have you grown artistically/professionally over the past 11 months?
Thinking back to our first project, THE DROWNING GIRLS, I cannot believe how much I have grown. Through that show I learned how to think and talk intelligently about a piece of theatre, and form my own opinions on its relevancy, effectiveness, and politics. All of these things prepared me to wrestle with the issues at hand in ANY NIGHT before deciding, with Julia, to produce it. And now that we're doing it, it feels like a brand new way of looking at theatre and my Art.

What are your plans for the summer?
I am back working as the Artist Services Coordinator at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, my sister is having a baby, and I'm planning to enjoy the sunshine as much as possible!

What are you most excited for now that the apprenticeship is over?
I am excited to work with all of the incredible people I met through this Apprenticeship. It's a really lovely feeling to know I am more connected to the Theatre Community here in Vancouver, and I can't wait to see where that goes.

Do you have a next project in mind?
Right now I'm thinking about the fact that I'll be back here at Christmas to be in HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW, and how exciting that is! I also think that once ANY NIGHT has closed, I will be able to dream about exciting projects Julia and I can do and make together! Until then - ANY NIGHT  is all I got on my mind!

Thanks for all your hard work and smiles, Jess. See you soon!

Monday, July 04, 2016

featured apprentice | Julia Siedlanowska

Julia Siedlanowska is finishing up her apprenticeship here at PT, but her work as an artist is far from over. Julia's final apprentice project, ANY NIGHT opens this week on our PT stage. We thought you might like to know what Julia's experience was like over the past 10 months and what's up next for her. 


What was your favourite part of the apprenticeship?
Working with some fabulous people and having the opportunity to work on developing my craft on some really great projects! I'll never forget my experience producing and acting in THE DROWNING GIRLS, as well as all the one on one audience experiences I had in ASK/TELL: THE BOLER PROJECT, and now of course, while still in the thick of it (we go into tech this Sunday!) directing ANY NIGHT (which I am co-producing with fellow apprentice, Jess- from whom I have learned so much, and can't wait to continue working with!) My heart is filled with the love of so many people coming together and working hard for what they love. (Currently- Thank you and huge love to the ANY NIGHT team!!!)

In what ways have you grown over the past 10/11 months (artistically/professionally?)
I've learned a helluva lot about marketing from Andrea Loewen, director of marketing and publicity! That's been something I've wanted to gain experience doing and I'm so grateful for what I've learned from her. I'm also super grateful for Cara, who was directly responsible for the fledgling apprentices. I am inspired by all of PT staff's patience, hard work, and compassion. I've grown to learn and appreciate the work that goes into running a company, and the importance and dedication of the people behind it. (Thank you Ron, for creating opportunity for so many artists, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.) I am so grateful for the people I have met, importantly, my fellow apprentices. I have learned so much from them- and I look forward for what's to come for us in the future! As an artist I've learned a lot about what I value, what I want to see more of, and what I want to push myself to further and develop. I've learned to push boundaries firmly with compassion and patience! (Ok...I'm still learning...)

What are your plans for the summer?
Finish directing ANY NIGHT, finish working as an artistic associate at the Semiahmoo Arts Centre for Peninsula Productions, perform my TYA solo show "SHE BEGAN TO CROSS THE SKY," start directing AUX.LA.MORE for the Vancouver Fringe Festival....then hopefully run away into the wilderness never to return....

What are you most excited for now that the apprenticeship is over?
THE GREAT UNKNOWN

Do you have a next project in mind?
Many... but I heard this thing that you're less likely to do something if you've talked about it...so I'll keep my cards close to my chest.

It's been great having you on the team, Julia! See you soon!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

year-end campaign | $17,949 raised! 89.7%


We're nearing the end of another fantastic season at Pacific Theatre.  We have conquered many challenges this year, and still managed to move forward with long term strategic goals.  We have our countless supporters to thank for having this season be as successful as it has been.  It's nice to enter the final stretch of the season feeling like things are good! ... But we can make things GREAT!

We are reaching out to our community now to really end this season with a bang.  We know there are lots of changes ahead of us at PT, so we're aiming raise $20,000 before our season officially closes on June 30th. With your help we know we know we can finish the year in the strongest possible financial position.

We encourage you to donate here, and keep checking this blog to see how your gift contributes to our final tally.

THE TALLY:
500 + 50 + 20 + 25 + 270 + 47.22 + 135 + 60.36 + 10 + 2 + 3000 + 500 + 63 + 25 + 5 + 1153.86 + 133.28 + 150 + 47.26 + 23.61 + 100 + 1000 + 500 + 500 + 100 + 150 + 5000 + 15 + 200 + 2000 + 12 + 25 + 3.2 + 25.06 + 1.9 + 28.95 + 60.36 + 500 + 100 + 50 + 200 + 150 + 200 + 30 + 250  + 300 + 100 + 96.50

CAMPAIGN TOTAL: $17,948.56

89.7% RAISED! $2,051.44 STILL TO GO!

Contribute to our campaign today by donating online here or by calling our office at 604.731.5483!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

featured apprentice | kim larson

Kim Larson celebrated her last day as an apprentice here at PT. What's next, you say? I'm glad you asked! Here's a behind the scenes look at life as an apprentice and what's in store for Kim this summer.


What was your favourite part of the apprenticeship?
It was really exciting to learn the ins and outs of producing my own shows. It's a very rewarding process.

In what ways have you grown artistically/professionally over the past 11 months?
I think I came into this apprenticeship with a strong foundation of the technical elements of acting. I knew how to do it, but I wanted to learn why to do it. I wanted to be surrounded by people who had established careers and knew exactly why they love the craft and how they live it out. I feel like I got that. Spending time with Ron, who has such a clear vision of what he thinks good theatre is and how to do it, has been refreshing. I think I have a clearer idea now of how I want to be an actor.

What are your plans for the summer?
I'm going to Armstrong to work on OUR TOWN at Caravan Farm Theatre!

What are you most excited for now that the apprenticeship is over?
Daaayyyyliiiiiggghhhhttt! I'm excited to spend a bit of time out of Vancouver over the summer and camp for the next month and a half straight!

We wish you all the best, Kim! See you soon!